The Long Journey Home

Howdy Sunday. Today the mules and I start our long journey home. From Hailey, Idaho, where we ended our mule ramble, we head back toward western North Carolina, where we started our journey 7 months ago.

Wheels removed from the trailer after I noticed there was less tread left than I’d hoped.

This time, instead of walking, we’re heading up the road in our beloved 1992 diesel Dodge. We would have left sooner but after checking over the rig (1992… Continue reading

Queen Valley Ranch Mule Saddle Review

The first one I bought was stolen. The second one I rode 2,200 miles from North Carolina to Idaho. No, I’m not talking about my mule. I’m talking about my Queen Valley Ranch mule saddle.

My Queen Valley Mule Ranch saddle on Cracker after traveling 1,400 miles from Lenoir, North Carolina to Hyannis, Nebraska. It would travel another 800 miles to Idaho for a total of 2,200 miles on the road.

In this post I’m going to give you an… Continue reading

Sought: Ride for 2 Mules from Idaho to North Carolina.

Mules Brick and Cracker and I have ridden from North Carolina to Idaho. Now it’s time to go home. Do you know anybody that could haul 2 mules from Idaho back to North Carolina? Yes, of course I’ll throw in for expenses.

Our final day on the road: Cracker and Brick spent 6 months riding from North Carolina to Idaho. Now it’s time to go home. (Sheila Lieramann photo / Hailey, Idaho)
Where we need to get: Hailey, Idaho to… Continue reading

Hailey, Idaho: Final Destination in the Snow

A mule voyage that spanned 10 states and included floods, ticks, highway melting heat and nose hair freezing cold ended in snow. Mules Brick and Cracker and I have arrived at our final destination outside Hailey, Idaho.

I added some grey to my beard those final miles. That fluffy white stuff is snow.

In to the Final 10 Miles

188 days after setting out from our North Carolina home, the mules and I tackled the final 10 miles to where… Continue reading

Let’s Keep in Touch

It sure has been great having you along for the Mules West ramble.  Though that journey is winding down, it would be great to stay in touch with you. If you’d like to get a heads up from me every now and then, just sign up for my newsletter. 

There’s a better way to communicate than tumbleweeds: a scene from my Lost Sea Expedition series on Amazon Prime (Keyes, OK)

No, I won’t pester you with a bunch of emails.… Continue reading

Heading in to the Final 10 Miles of Mules West Ramble

2,190 miles down. 10 miles to go. Tonight, Friday October 18, the mules and I arrived in Hailey, Idaho, the target we’ve been aiming for since we rode out the front gate 6 months ago.

Cracker soaking up the Hailey welcome
Crossing Goodall’s Cutoff yesterday. (outside of Picabo, Idaho)
Soaking up some final time on the trail with Brick (Lava Lake, Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho)

Tomorrow we tackle the final 10 miles to Nick and Carolyn Parker’s,… Continue reading

Arco, Idaho: Down to the Final 75 Miles

The mules and I have arrived at the first town in American powered by nuclear power, Arco, Idaho.

Across a sage brush land: Cracker, Brick and I walking up Taber Road toward Arco. I’m walking to stay warm. Yes, I’m lightly dressed for days where night time lows dip to 20-degrees but no amount of clothes keeps me warm sitting in the saddle. These frosty mornings, the only thing I can do to keep warm is walk beside my mounts.… Continue reading

The Top Hat Mystery

It fit my head when I got married. It fit my hat when I rode out the front gate. It doesn’t fit my hat any more. What the hell’s going on with my top hat?

Cracker, my top hat and me: here Cracker is inspecting my stitching as I repair the denim cover to one of my water jugs. This photo was taken 8 states ago, back when my top hat fit better.

Some Top Hat History

The mules and… Continue reading

The Final 130 Miles

Howdy Friday. The mules and I are heading in to the final 130 miles of our Mules West ramble. This week (October 12 – 17) we head back out in to the desert after a wonderful few days resting up with the Humphrey family in Blackfoot, Idaho. From here in Blackfoot, Brick, Cracker and I ride toward Atomic City and Arco.

The land around here. This is a photo fro last week’s 88 mile ride from Alpine, Idaho to Blackfoot,… Continue reading

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